Energy Challenges

From 2010 through 2014 the Community and Campus Energy Challenges were a unique way to encourage greater understanding that the choices people make about their energy lifestyles have a global impact.

Community Energy Challenge: Rothsay, Minnesota

Residents of Rothsay, Minnesota, worked together to reduce the energy use of their entire town, every business and every home. Students in the community played a leadership role to accomplish that goal.


  • Reduce the entire community's energy use by 10 percent to 15 percent by 2015.
  • Help our Rothsay customers save money on their energy bills through sustainable behavioral changes.
  • Model next-century energy habits for family, neighbors, the state, the country, and the world.

Results: Almost 2 million kwh of energy savings

Campus Energy Challenge: Crookston, Minnesota

The students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, led the Campus Energy Challenge to reduce the energy use of their campus.


  • Reduce energy use on the entire campus by 10 percent to 15 percent by 2015.
  • Identify and invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, ventilation, and lighting.
  • Save money on campus energy bills through operational and behavioral changes.
  • Teach everyone involved how to optimize their energy use on campus and at home.

Results: More than 1.2 million kwh of energy savings